Dengue cases on the rise in Pune, Maha: Health department officials
Pune city has reported 1,729 suspected and 213 confirmed cases of dengue and 81 cases of chikungunya this year
Pune city has reported 1,729 suspected and 213 confirmed cases of dengue and 81 cases of chikungunya this year. The monthly cases of dengue and chikungunya are on the higher side for June, July and August. Officials said that though both are spread through mosquitoes, chikungunya cases are less.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease with symptoms like high fever, headache, rash and muscle and joint pain. Chikungunya virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito with common symptoms like fever and joint pain.
Dengue and chikungunya are spread by aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito identified by black and white markings on its legs.
In Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, there were 746 suspected and 62 confirmed cases of dengue in July. Till August 7, there were 282 cases of suspected and 13 confirmed dengue cases in the city limits.
PMC has reported only eight cases of chikungunya in July and no case in August, as per data furnished by the health department.
Dr Sanjeev Wavare, assistant health chief, PMC health department, said, “We have issued 971 notices and collected a fine of ₹39,700 in July alone from owners of premises where mosquito breeding grounds were found. In August, we have issued 215 notices and collected a fine of ₹41,300. The spread of chikungunya is low in city limits,” said Dr Wavare.
Across Maharashtra, there are 2,117 dengue cases and no deaths whereas there are 533 cases of chikungunya this year.
Last year, 5,971 dengue and 1,340 cases of chikungunya were reported across Maharashtra till August end.
Dr Mahendra Jagtap, entomologist, state health department, said that chances of reinfection of chikungunya are less.
“After the chikungunya infection, patients get immunity. Also, chikungunya is limited in some pockets of the state. Overall, the infections are less than dengue,” said Dr Jagtap.